The micro compact pistol models continuing to rage out of the manufacturers factories don’t show any signs of slowing down in the near future. First it was the .380 autos that started (or re-started really) the pocket pistol avalanche and since the 9mm guns have followed. In just the past year we’ve seen the big name announcements and release
of the Kel Tec PF9, the Ruger LC9, Sig Sauer P290, Kimber Solo (not to mention the announcement of an upgraded Solo called the Solo CDP), and an honorable mention to Kahr’s follow up to their PM9, the stripped down CM9. Even before those it was the Taurus PT709 and the Kahr PM9 along with loads of .380 Auto caliber pieces to offer. The best thing about the micro compact pistol revolution is one simple word: OPTIONS. Every time another quality firearm manufacturer introduces “their take” on what these pistols should look like, it gives us shooters, and concealed weapons holders another option to find our own perfect fit.
Well add the new Beretta Nano to your list of OPTIONS when it comes to quality 9mm micro compact pistols for concealed carry. Speaking in complete honesty and I know I’m on this type of comparison kick lately, it looks like the Sig Sauer P290 swalled a Glock 26 and this is what the end result looks like. Some of the features will be similar too. As with any invention, many of the most recent inventions borrow from the quality features previous inventions held. A couple particulars that immediately come to mind with the Beretta Nano include a safe action style trigger (this means no external safety), adjustable rear sights AND… ZERO, NONE, ZILCH external levers, buttons or latches save for the recessed magazine release. This means with it’s smooth edges and low profile, the already thin (.90″) Beretta Nano has the potential to be the smoothest drawing a the least snagging 9mm micro compact on the market. One more nice feature is the is the reversible magazine release button. You know what this means, don’t you? That’s right, LEFTIES ARE WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS! Save for swapping the ejection port to the left side of the slide you can’t get much more lefty friendly than this.
How does it shoot? is it reliable? What are the ergonomics like in your hands? Is recoil manageable? These are all questions we’ll have to wait to have answered until we can get our hands on one for a full fledged review, but for now I think I like where Beretta is going with their new Nano.